I have to say, this has been a robust week for me in the 30/30 Challenge!
First, I took Sarah’s encouragement and got out my rotary cutter to prep the Hanging Diamonds block, and I completed it. I’m happy with how it turned out, never mind the bit of trimming it still needs.
I finished up the two “almost finished blocks”: Dala horse got his sketch stitched reins and Sunflower got her two appliqued and sketch stitched leaves.
I took a little time out from the Penny Sampler to finish a 10″ wall hanging for myself. I call it Citrus and have hung it in my kitchen. Last week for the Project QUILTING challenge I made a set of 3 Broken Herringbone wall hangings for my little sister and decided to try the block without the sashing between the strips. This week I sized, sandwiched, quilted, bound, tagged and hung it just for me.
If you would like to see some Project QUILTING projects on Flickr, click here.
Then back to the Penny Sampler with 1, 2, 3, well 4, new blocks all made and set aside with their siblings.
I made the 2 Heart blocks.
And I made a modification to two block, the Whirl and a plain fabric 6.5″ square block. I decided I wanted the Whirl to turn into a Windmill (the Penny Sampler is a Scandinavian inspired quilt design, and I have seen a few windmills in Denmark). I messed around and around and around with it (was I whirling?) because I tried to combine parts of blocks and since I’m not all that great with applying fundamentals of measurement and cutting to my inspirations, it took a lot of try this, rip-it-out, try that, rip-that-out, until finally I got close to what I had imagined. I added some sketch stitching hoping it would connect the blades to the base of the windmill, but I’m not sure it worked. We’ll see.
If you would like to see some completed Penny Sampler Quilts on Flickr, click here. This is my Favorites on Flickr; you’ll have to scroll down bit, but you might enjoy seeing all the pretties.
That’s all for this week; high hopes for next week!
~ Janie at Isabella’s Whimsy